Keith Staskiewicz
September 30, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stardust

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
125 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/10/07
performer
Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller
director
Matthew Vaughn
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B+

When his moviemaker brother is found dead in an apparent suicide, returning World War II GI Ben Collier rushes to investigate, quickly finding that Tinseltown’s moral landscape isn’t quite as black-and-white as its films. As Ben peels back the layers of his brother’s life, and the Cold War commences, he becomes embroiled in a world of Red scares and blacklists. Jospeh Kanon’s prose in Stardust is eminently noir, all cigarette smoke and magnesium flashbulbs, and while it sometimes veers dangerously into arch imitation, it’s a fitting appropriation, using Hollywood’s own language to examine the guilt, artifice, and paranoia that once lurked behind the gauzy close-ups of the silver screen. B+

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